Severe Weather Preparedness: Creating a disaster supplies kit
Spring and summer are peak tornado and flood season for much of the country, an enormous threat to family and home security. Recently, US Tornados published a monthly guide to peak tornado season in America.
Next month, suburbs entering their typical annual peak will include Atlanta, Houston, Raleigh, Wichita, and Oklahoma City. Regardless of where you live though, it’s important to be prepared for severe weather.
Your first step? Creating a disaster supplies kit.
Did you know flash flooding is the #1 weather-related killer in the US? Several factors contribute to flash floods, including rainfall intensity and duration. Flash floods can occur within a few minutes or a few hours.
Assemble a disaster supplies kit with items you may need in case of an evacuation. Store these items in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container, and keep important family documents in a waterproof container. Keep a smaller disaster supplies kit in the trunk of your car, too.
- Water: 3 gallons/person and additional 4 gallons/person and pet if confined to home
- Food: a 3-day supply and at least an additional 4-day supply per person or pet for use at home. You may want to consider stocking a two-week supply of food (with a long shelf life such as MREs or Freeze Dried) and water in your home.
- Items for infants: including formula, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, powdered milk and medications not requiring refrigeration
- Items for seniors, disabled persons or anyone with serious allergies—including special foods, denture items, extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries, prescription and non-prescription medications that are regularly used, inhalers and other essential equipment.
- Kitchen accessories: a manual can opener; mess kits or disposable cups, plates and utensils; utility knife; sugar and salt; aluminum foil and plastic wrap; re-sealable plastic bags
- A portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra, fresh batteries
- Several flashlights and extra, fresh batteries
- A first-aid kit
- One complete change of clothing and footwear for each person: including sturdy work shoes or boots, raingear and other items adjusted for the season, such as hats and gloves, thermal underwear, sunglasses, dust masks
- Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person
- Sanitation and hygiene items: shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb and brush, lip balm, sunscreen, contact lenses and supplies and any medications regularly used, toilet paper, towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, plastic garbage bags (heavy-duty) and ties (for personal sanitation uses), medium-sized plastic bucket with tight lid, disinfectant, household chlorine bleach
- Other essential items: paper, pencil, needles, thread, small A-B-C-type fire extinguisher, medicine dropper, whistle, emergency preparedness manual
- Entertainment: including games and books, favorite dolls and stuffed animals for small children
- A map of the area marked with places you could go and their telephone numbers
- An extra set of keys and ids: including keys for cars and any properties owned and copies of driver’s licenses, passports and work identification badges
- Cash and coins and copies of credit cards
- Copies of medical prescriptions
- Matches in a waterproof container
- A small tent, compass and shovel
To learn more about protecting your home in times of severe weather, contact Safe from the Start today at 1-800-969-8981!